(7 nights / 8 days)
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Day 1 : Arrive in Delhi
Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of Group Tours to India and escorted to the hotel for check-in and overnight stay.
Day 2: Delhi
Delhi is a bustling metropolis where history mingles with modernity. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, Delhi is a conglomerate of seven cities. It was the seat of power of many famous dynasties such as those of Chauhan, Slave, Khilji, Mughal and finally the capital of the British. The division between the walled city and Imperial New Delhi is also distinct and marks a clear demarcation in lifestyles. You can get a view of the tradition, colors and charm of the past in the walled city whereas New Delhi is a modern city living up to the standards of 21st century.
In the morning, embark on a city tour of Old and New Delhi.
The tour of the old city includes the great mosque of Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the final piece of architecture involving extravagance of Shah Jahan. Stroll down the labyrinths of the colorful shopping bazaar of Chandni Chowk ("Moonlit Street"). Visit Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India's Independence.
The excursion to New Delhi includes the Humayun's Tomb, considered to be the precursor of the famous Taj Mahal. Drive down the spectacular Rajpath ("the Kingsway"), passing the India Gate (the memorial built to commemorate those soldiers killed in World War I), the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and the Parliament House. Enjoy a brief respite from the otherwise bustling city at Birla Mandir, a modern and colorful Hindu temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur
After breakfast travel to Jaipur by road. Upon arrival you will be met a representative of Group Tours to India and escorted to the hotel. Later embark on a city tour.
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is always at its exuberant best in terms of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. A well planned city, with straight wide avenues following a grid system of roads, streets and lanes. Founded by the great astronomer king Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century, this pink city is a dream tourist destination for those who wish to enjoy the colors of life.
See the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the most photographed monuments in the world. Overlooking the main street of the old city, the monument is a fine example of Rajput architecture and was built to enable the royal ladies to watch the processions and every day life of the city. The City Palace, located in the canter of the old city, is a large compound of courtyards, buildings, and gardens, and also houses an interesting museum. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose penchant for astronomy was even more famous than his military prowess.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur
After breakfast, take an excursion to the Amer Fort, which includes a ride on an elephant to the magnificent entrance of the fort. Once the royal capital, the fort is a fine example of the perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Agra
Morning drive to Agra, visiting en-route the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Known as India's "Pompeii", Fatehpur Sikri was once a glittering imperial capital, later mysteriously deserted. Today you'll see the remarkably well preserved building and red sandstone palaces. The main entrance to the complex is Buland Darwaza or "Great Gateway". It was built to commemorate Akbar's exploits in Gujarat.
Upon arrival in Agra, check into your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6: Agra
This morning embark upon a full-day city tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Itimad-Ud-Daulah's tomb. Proceed to the Agra Fort (also called Red Fort), noted for its fine views of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. Then move on to the Taj, the single most important sight a visitor to India can see. The most extravagant monument ever built for love, Taj was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal.
Itamad-Ud-Daulah's tomb was built by Empress Noor Jahan, consort of Jehangir, in memory of her father, Ghiyas Beg, also the Chief Minister in the Court of Mughal Emperor Jehangir. The monument is beautifully conceived in white marble, mosaic, and lattice. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Agra - Delhi
Morning travel to Delhi. Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Depart Delhi
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your international homebound flight.